Started in 2009 as a fundraiser to benefit its founder, Ryan, Coming Together for a Cure is now a non-profit organization making global strides in raising awareness and support for the advancement of adult stem cell therapy.
Ryan had the idea to start a fundraiser to give back to the doctor responsible for treating him, with the goal to raise awareness so more people like him could have the same opportunities. Ryan continued to receive treatments each year, as he continued to grow muscle and strength from the treatments, so did the annual family fundraiser. As the fundraiser grew so did news of Ryan’s one-of-a-kind story.
Ryan soon realized that he was the first person in the world with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, (DMD) to be successfully treated using adult stem cell therapy. People from all corners of the globe began hearing his story and reached out to learn more. These people wanted to gain greater insight about the therapy about the therapy involved, as well as simply wanting to find out how they could help. Often people expressed what an inspiration Ryan was to them for fighting back against such a devastating disease. The majority of people who reached out wanted to learn how their loved one with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy or other similar diseases could gain access to the same therapy.
The tremendous public interest and support made it clear that there was a need for an official nonprofit organization that was dedicated to advocating for adult stem cell therapy as a safe and effective means of treatment for DMD, as well as many other terminal diseases. Following the 5th annual benefit concert where they raised over $35,000 and hosted nearly 1,000 people they knew it was time to take the next step and had the opportunity start serving a larger purpose. So in 2013 Ryan and his siblings, Lauren and Blake established Coming Together for a Cure as an official 501(c)3 non-profit.
Generate awareness of adult stem cell research and therapy nationwide while assisting families in need to receive the treatment
To build awareness for adult stem cell research and therapy through various community events while partnering with organizations with similar aspirations to help advance the medical research and bring more people the opportunity for treatment.